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Commission on the Future of Surgery


Oral evidence hearing dates and times

  • Thursday 19 April 2018: Topics included future disease burden and epidemiology, bionegineering and regenerative evidence, transplantation and perioperative care. Watch this session

  • Thursday 26 April 2018: Topics included VR, AR, and simulation, imaging, stem cells and surgical innovation. Watch this session 

  • Thursday 3 May 2018:  Topics included robot-assisted surgery, minimally invasive surgery, AI and machine learning, 3D printing and planning, prosthetics, big data and digital technology. Watch this session

  • Friday 4 May 2018: Topic included genetics, genomics and personalised medicine, implications for education, training and workforce, reflections on the future of surgery. Watch this session

Sessions in the oral evidence hearings will cover a range of topics including VR, AR and simulation, 3D printing and planning, and prosthetics, immunology, stem cells and pharmacology and surgical innovation: concept to reality. Follow the RCS on twitter and use #futureofsurgery to stay up to date on the latest news and developments from the Commission.

About the Commission on the Future of Surgery

The RCS has launched an independent commission to explore the future of surgery.

The Commission on the Future of Surgery aims to set out a compelling and credible vision of the future advances in medicine and technology, and how those developments will affect the delivery of surgical care.

The Commission will gaze 20 years into the future to explore the innovations that will most likely affect surgical treatment, evaluate their possible relevance and value, and their implications for patients, surgical training and clinical outcomes.

Commissioners will consider advances in areas such as minimally invasive surgery, robot-assisted surgery, genetics, regenerative medicine, AI, VR, 3D printing and planning, pharmacology and much more.

More information

A live illustration from our Future of Surgery event on Thursday 5 April in Edinburgh is below - click on the image
to see all of the content from the event brainstorming sessions. Thanks to our illustrator, Caroline Chapple. To catch up on Twitter action from the event check out #FutureOfSurgery

future of surgery illustration

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